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VINE VOICEon 26 November 2004
Jane Austen 'sequels'. There's the good, the bad and the indifferent, with the majority unfortunately falling into the latter two categories! This book is more Heyer than Austen, but by leaving the main players from Pride & Prejudice pretty well alone we at least avoid the complete personality changes seen in some 'sequels'! As another reviewer has already mentioned I too thought that Mrs Gardiner and Ex-Col Fitzwilliam were a bit off and although I thought parts of the plot a little unlikely I still found this to be a light an enjoyable read and was able to lose myself in Regency London!
Overall I'd say that this is one of the better 'sequels' out there, but it is by no means Austen. If you're looking for Lizzy and Darcy you won't find them here, but at least you know they have a happy marriage, despite what some continuatiors propose!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have read it twice now. I think the author has been sensible in leaving the major P&P characters in the background and imagining how the children of Darcy and Elizabeth might have turned out. Camilla - the second child - is very like her mother and Letitia - the oldest - reminded me of Mary - Elizabeth's blue stocking sister. The plot and its ramifications grows out of the characters of the main protagonists and the scrapes they get themselves into. What the book does highlight well are the changes in morals and the treatment and behaviour of women by 1818 - 3 years after Waterloo. The eighteenth century ways are disappearing and people are becoming more prudish and less tolerant. These shifts in themselves account for the changes in behaviour of Mr & Mrs Gardiner and the former Colonel Fitzwilliam. I think other reviewers have forgotten that the events of this book take place at least 21 years later than the events described in P&P. The book is well written and the characters believable. Jane Austen it isn't and nor is it meant to be but I think it comes close to being similar to the book Jane Austen might have written if she had been writing today.
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on 16 July 2003
If you’re looking for something true to the style of Jane Austen—do a 180 degree turn and never look back!
This attempt at a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, as written by Elizabeth Aston, is found greatly wanting. This is no better than your standard paperback Regency Romance. The plot is predictable and in no way original. The pacing was also hard to endure--I felt like I was on a plane that suddenly crashed!
The characters are unlikable, and even Camilla Darcy is an unsympathetic character. The “romance” that occurs is both contrived and unbelievable. In addition, the author introduces characters with great potential, but does not use them to her advantage. In particular, George Warren is introduced with the potential for being a major antagonist, but he disappears as quickly as he appears. The author also seems to have misjudged the personalities of Mrs. Gardiner and Mr. Fitzwilliam—both were sympathetic and likable characters in Pride and Prejudice. You will recall that Fitzwilliam, in P & P, seemed to enjoy Elizabeth Darcy’s quick wit. Mrs. Gardiner, in P & P, is also presented in a similar manner—tolerant and affectionate. In this novel, Aston presents them as high-minded people who do not appear to regard their relations with any particular, sincere affection.
The author had a slew of opportunities to turn this novel around, but she didn’t appear to know what she wanted to do with them. Instead, we have a half-baked book here. She had moments of great potential, but ignored them.
Stick to Jane Austen.
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on 20 April 2006
This was the first sequel that I read, after picking it up in the library and it captivated me. The descriptions were enjoyable and the sisters had very distinct characters. It would have been nice to see the Elizabeth and Darcy again, but it also meant that the book didn't have to be to closely related to P&P, instead it could have it's own plot without having to be faithful to the original novel. Not enough attention to detail is one fault that brings many sequels down. A love story of it's own, but if you are looking for a continuation of the original love story look towards "Mr Darcy Takes a Wife."
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on 8 April 2003
Five daughters of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy on the look out for husbands in London. Much more Georgette Heyer than Jane Austen but none the less an amusing and enjoyable read.
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on 8 January 2005
I adore Austen sequels and picked this up with high hopes, only to be disappointed. Sadly, Lizzie and Mr Darcy are despatched abroad at the outset, so the P+P people who re-appear are Col. Fitzwilliam and Mrs Gardiner - both, IMO, seriously out of character. I also found it implausible that the girls could be let run so wild during their first season; surely they would be more watched and guarded?
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on 15 November 2014
An entertaining novel which was well written and easy to follow. I fully recommend this author. I did however find the initial opening difficult to follow due to the speedy introduction of so many characters at once.
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on 5 March 2015
Very enjoyable. I'm a Georgette Heyer fan and was brought up on Jane Austen so hard to please but this was good.
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on 15 April 2016
Excellent product
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on 18 January 2015
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